Thursday, November 26, 2009

Stereo Bluetooth In-ear Headphones SBH 7110

A gorgeous looking in-ear piece that features a touch interface! Transition between calls and music is not an issue with it. Simple and efficient, the technology matches its looks.

Design: Philips

Sony / Flexible OELD Display

At CEATEC JAPAN 2009, Sony presented “flexible organic EL displays driven by organic TFTs,” along with various product concepts, including a Walkman with a flexible organic EL display. “Flexible organic EL displays driven by organic TFTs” were achieved using technology that integrates organic thin-film transistors and organic EL elements on a plastic film. These displays are thin and light, and they can bend.

The display exhibited at CEATEC was a 2.5 inch model with 160 x 120 pixels, giving a resolution of 80 ppi, yet with a thickness of only 0.2mm. This product, which at first glance looks like a wristwatch, is a Walkman concept, suggested by Sony as a way of using flexible organic EL displays. The thin, light, soft display creates a totally new shape for the Walkman. The soft body is made of plastic derived from inedible vegetable matter. The seamless display, which fits the wrist perfectly, is used to show graphics. In addition, as other concepts using flexible organic EL displays, Sony presented innovative designs for its VAIO notebook PC and Reader e-book device.


Liquid Time

Marty! It’s time to turn your clock back upside right. This is a wristwatch that’s got two titles. Alternates, if you will: one is “Liquid Time” while the alternative is “From Nowhere to Nowhere.” And as you may have guessed, this wristwatch has a clever little take oh how the 5th dimension TIME works.

Liquid Time utilizes two LCD screens specially crafted to fit the watch as well as some very clever typography (yes, numbers count, too!) Check out the images below to see how each number fits special into the watch.

Then decide if it’s going to match your tshirt and jeans combo.

Designer: Andy Kurovets

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MYtho Concept Car

Mytho is an innovative and interesting private and public transportation idea focused on creating a better urban commuting for future. The design of this car is inspired mainly by all the iconic and traditional figures of SF. The very “American” design has a perfect touch of elegance and sophistication with a deep black and shiny silver color combination and a unique appearance from both front and rear end. The lightweight construction of Mytho has been achieved through using recyclable materials. The car features modern technologies like GPS and high speed internet connectivity that ensures the rider a safer and more convenient driving experience in new places.

Victor says about Mytho :

The MYtho, is a concept car designed to be simple, but at the same time sophisticated. With inspiration from vintage cars, like the woodies, i was able to find a sustainable design solution for the side panels, which are made of compressed wood also the whole body is made of aluminum, in order to be recyclable.

The “tech” factor is in it’s OLED displays, build-in solar cells, and HUD display’s for the driver.

The form of the car is very simple, like the hot rods from the 30’s. The open wheel design, the huge front grill, and the low profile of the car, are just some indicators of this.

Designer : Victor Uribe Chacon

SENS Mobile Phone

[SENS] is a mobile phone designed to be more inclusive of people with visual impairment including complete blindness. The design was developed through a series of iterative user research, interviews, observations and testing with a group of young people with visual impairment from RNIB college, including complete blindness.

Key feature | Uniquely identifiable keys

Unique key forms
Key pad was designed so that all keys are different to each other whilst keeping visual uniformity in order to reduce unnecessary finger movements to locate where the finger is.

Observation and itnerviews with the user group revealed that the ‘blind man’s dimple’ on key5 on regular phones are either of very little help or useless in effectively knowing which key one is touching. Also, interestingly, it turned out that increaing the spacing between each key can also cause confusion. While this improves key recognition, it only informs the user of whether the location he is touching is a key or not and does not inform WHICH key it is.
Key feature | Realtime Audio Feedback

Feedback upon detection of touching In order to improve audio interactions between the user and the phone, [SENS] combines touch sensors and regular mechanical keys to provide real-time audio feedbacks. What this means is that when a user touches a key, the phone tells him what key has been touched without actually registering it as an input. The user may hover across the keys to consecutively gain feedbacks on which key they are touching.

Confirmation of registered input Once the user is sure his finger is on the correct key, he then can press the key just like on any other standard phones. Once a key is pressed, another ‘click’ sound is fed back to confirm the input. This system is essentially just an audio version of what people without sight problems always utilises; visual indications. This provides more effecient interactions and reduces the chance of making wrong inputs compared to current products used by people with visual impairment as they only provide audio feedbacks after key inputs are registered.

Key feature | Tap to toggle input modes

Incorporating touch sensing and mechanical input on a single key provides additional benefit of software flexibility. In this case, a prototype was developed to give easy toggling method. Double tapping a key like double clicking on a mouse toggles the input mode and corresponding audio feedback is given.

For example, if key 2 is continuously tapped at a certain speed, input mode will be toggled and audio feedbacks will be given like so: “2, a, b, c, 2, a, b, c …” In addition, different menu items like [contact lists], [text messages], [internet] etc. can be respectively liked to the dial keys and may be accessed through the same toggling method, in which case the feedback can be “2, text messages, a, b, c, 2….”
Key feature | Integrated headset for better convenience and flexibility

One of the biggest issues with ‘talking’ phones is that the sound interaction can be heard by other people nearby. Using a headset wired or wireless (if Bluetooth is available) can solve the problem, however having a headset integrated to the main phone can offer a number of advantages.

First of alll, it reduces the hassle of carrying two devices all the time. Secondly having the two together reduces the risk of loss and ensures the user where the headset is. Lastly headset can be charged via the main phone thus, again, simplfies the required user actions.

Key feature | Basic yet effective visual cues

Confirmation of registered input

Most visually impaired people have some degree of sight although their severity may vary. However, those who can sense light intensity often utilises such information to help themselves understand conditions of their surroundings. Some users I have worked with utilises the screen brightness of their Nokia phones to check if the phone is active or not. By providing large colour illumination on the side, [SENS] phone exploits the most basic level of visual capability as well as hearing one to offer better usability for those with some degree of sight.

Different colour illumination can indicate some basic phone status such as low battery indication, incoming calls and messages.

ZAZ Up Your Time a Bit

Everybody could use a bit more ZAZ in their life, if you think about it. And that’s why Nooka has decided to name their new master-stroke the ZAZ. It’s a watch for 2010, with wacky / amazing features such as this: a completely transparent mineral crystal lens face. What’s that mean? It means you can see right through it. ALSO it means it appears to be displaying time directly on your wrist!

You’re no longer on time, time is on you.

If you’ve seen Nooka watches before you’ll recognize some features and aesthetics the same as before. The four vertical bars, for example. Additional items include a green LED light function, time, date, and a lovely butterfly clasp.

Feature: Chronograph and alarm
Size: 45 x 35 x 8 mm / 22mm wide band
Water resistant to 5ATM

Three models: Silver face with black or white leather bands, or a silver mesh band.

Designer: Nooka

Monday, November 23, 2009

WB-1010 Aircraft Concept

A futuristic flying marvel the likes of which have never been seen! The WB-1010 is a concept plane made to make use of yet-to-be-invented materials and technology and aims to meet the demands the world 85 years from now will make. Speed, comfort, and space for a whole lot of people, that’s what this is all about. You’re in for a real treat of shocking and splendidly fantastic conceptual technology in one notorious BIG future plane!

The WB-1010 (stands for Wright Brothers) is an official entry into the current KLM Indonesia aircraft design competition. It’s purely a concept plane using technology that might be feasible in the future, but right now lies in the mind of the inventor. You know what that means! Conceptual Facts time!

It can seat more than 1500 people!

It can reach speeds of nearly 1000 kmph!

It’s made of materials similar to GLARE (”GLAss-REinforced” Fibre Metal Laminate (FML)), composed of several very thin layers of metal (usually aluminium) interspersed with layers of glass-fibre “pre-preg”, bonded together with a matrix such as epoxy. — thank you WIKI — similar to that used on the Airbus A380 (another gigantic plane I bet you might be aware of already)!

It has helium injected in the body to make the plane lighter!

It’s windows are made of “Smart Glass!”

It will be able to harvest wind energy in flight!

It has a super jet that will allow the plane to land on a normal runway or completely vertically!

Amazing super fantastic!

Designer: Reindy Allendra

Vestige Concept Car

Vestige is car design proposal for Aston Martin with representative scarab wings, cooperatively driven by Fincato, Magrini and Bernardi, keeping the design similar with Khepri, the Egyptian God. The unique cutting edge outlook of the car will get added attention of people with its superb combination of sleek metallic white body along with black tinted roof along with windows. Besides, the extraordinary rims are another highlighted feature that is worth noticing during the first look. This concept vehicle comprises four electric motors and powerful Wankel engine with supercharging abilities. This supercar can house three passengers including the driver and ensures completely silent movement as a result of using silent electric motors.

Designer : Bernardi, Fincato, and Magrini

Thursday, November 19, 2009

RollTop Flexible Notebook Concept

The RollTop is a flexible notebook concept that can be folded like a roll of paper allowing the user ultimate convenience of carrying and storing it even in a congested place. It features a 17” flat-screen OLED display when fully rolled out with the multi-touch facility that will offer the ease and functionality of that of an iPhone. Also, when required, it can befolded into a 13” smart tablet pc. Aside from the touch-screen controlling, it features full fledged keyboard like conventional notebooks with which convenient typing can be performed. Whenfolded, this compact notebook takes the size of a water carrier and can easily be hanged over the shoulder with a hanging belt.

Designer : Evgeny Orkin

Recycle Origami

Imagine putting all your unwanted trash papers into this recycle bin, and it spits out a trendy trash bin or stool made out of that same discarded paper. Call it Origami magic or Paper Mache wonders, but I think it’s an awesome game plan. The paper dumped into the Waste Paper Recycle Trash Bin gets mixed with “668 polyvinyl alcohol environment cement”, and is compressed into the trash-bin form.

The recycle bin for its eco-conscious, part features a touchscreen navigation display, a slot on the top for you to slide in the paper sheets, a cement-mixture-pouring-in compartment and thermovents at the back. The body is constructed out of aluminum and biodegradable plastics, but its unclear how the system runs or how does it source its power.

Designer: Qianqian Tao

Turtle Wrench

Bloody ol’ genius that’s what we’ve got here! It’s a new way to take off a tire. Stick with me here, this is really neat. You take this “Turtle Wrench,” right, and you attach it to your wheel: it connects to all of your wheel bolts at once. Now the wrench has four arms sticking out, one of them each a wrench that correlates with a bolt. You drive forward one full rotation, and as you push forward each wrench, it loosens a bolt.

Did you get all that? You should, because it’s flippin awesome. Look at the pictures below and tell me if you know what’s going on here. Also there’s a prototype whipped up by the designer already, so hopefully I can have one by late winter — I’m not a fan of that first crank, if you know what I mean.

Designer: Fabiano Pottes

Quackie player

Quack Quack! Ok I won’t kid around this time, but I think Mac Funamizu has matured pretty much in his design sensibilities. The CD player is called Quackie, but the concept looks decent enough for the tweens who endorse stuff like the Mickey Mouse MP3 players. Quackie is thus: There’s a round body that rolls and a black speaker. The speaker is attached to the body at the axis and it rolls around the body. Simple functions of play/stop/next/back and volume up/down are included.

To pump up the volume, you roll the body so that the “beak” opens up; shutting the beak powers-off the system. Click the black speaker once to skip to the next song and click it thrice to go back.

Wow Mickey n Donald…a winner team!

Designer: Mac Funamizu

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Luxury Harizon Yacht

The Horizon Yacht concept is an outcome of careful research, contemporary innovations and a whole new approach to design super-yachts aiming more adventurous but family oriented users. The SkySail is its only power provider which ensures continuous traveling all over the world without stopping for fuel. This feature is quite unique considering the reliance on power source to be refueled after every 4000nm or so for upkeeping the luxury apparatuses of other conventional yachts. The hulls have been innovatively designed to offer a smooth ride in all weather conditions by using wave piercing technology.

Horizon ploughs straight through the crest instead riding over it which reduces vertical acceleration drastically. Only with the SkySail, Horizon can run at 24 knots max and coupled with the 2 5000hp engines, it will top out at 45 knots.

Designer : Barnaby Heseltine

Solar Traffic Light

Now here’s a creative design that is not only Green, but also cost-effective. Solar Traffic Light has been designed to include Discolor LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, essentially hosting all the three colors of the lights within a single unit. Red, Amber and Green all together! The lights source power from the Solar Panel on top of the unit, which is elegantly designed as a hood. Quite Brilliant!

Designers: Cheng-Tsung Feng, Yao-Chieh Lin & Bo-Jin Wang